Coming together of the senses with MAISON the FAUX
From 3 to 14 May last, Katja Gruijters was a guest at production house De Nieuwe Oost. As an artist in residence, she worked with a creative studio and fashion house MAISON the FAUX. For 2 weeks, they studied topics such as abundance, expiration, temptation, manipulation, and illusions. Elements like the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, supermarkets, and loss were the foundation for developing taste, performance, and décor.
During the residence, we created 3 performance and sensory layers using 1 dominant ingredient: the strawberry. In the strawberry, all themes came together in a nice framework to relate to. The result: a maximalist performance featuring dancer and performer Arno Verbruggen, focussing on the sensory relationship between fashion, food, décor, and spatial design, with the strawberry on the main stage. This led to a live performance in which eating was integrated and the public interacted to experience, smell and taste the performance. The live performance movie was shown online during ‘Uurtje Oost’, De Nieuwe Oost’s open podium.